Children and young people

The issue

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 recognised children as victims in their own right for the first time.

This was a crucial step forward, but still, the Commissioner’s mapping research found just 29 per cent of victims and survivors reported that they were able to access the specialist support they wanted for their children.

The vision

All children and young people who are subject to domestic abuse should receive an integrated and comprehensive response, rooted in understanding, prevention, effective intervention and long-term support.

The Commissioner’s work

Over the course of the next year, the Commissioner will undertake work to champion the voice of child victims to better understand how children subject to domestic abuse should be supported.

Part of this work will include publishing a policy report and mapping the provision of support services specifically designed for children.  The Commissioner’s team will also work to ensure that there is a much stronger cross-sector and cross government understanding of the experiences of children as victims of domestic abuse and strong, cohesive ambition to make continuous improvements.

To strengthen understanding of what a child as ‘a victim in their own right’ means in practice, the Commissioner will also work to ensure that there is clearer guidance for statutory agencies regarding implications of Part 3 of the Domestic Abuse Act.

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